[Auxiron, Claude-François Joseph d’]. Principes de tout gouvernement, ou examen des causes de la splendeur ou de la foiblesse de tout état considéré en lui-même, & indépendamment des moers. Tome premier (-second).

Paris, J. Th. Herissant fils, 1766.

8vo. 2 vols. in 1. LXXX, 213, (1) pp. (8), 314 pp. With woodcut vignettes on title-pages and several woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary unsophisticated boards with ms. title to spine.


First edition of this important work for the history of economics, last reprinted in 1980. The French officer and technician d’Auxiron is regarded as one of the most eminent economical theoreticians before Malthus. “Auxiron's work is significant chiefly because of his analysis of the determinants of population capacity, and his treatment of the relation between population growth and the interoccupational and interclass movements and balance in society” (J. J. Spengler, French Predecessors of Malthus, 1942).

Occasional minimal browning; altogether a very clean copy in the publisher‘s original interim boards. Rare; only 5 copies in OCLC.


Barbier III, 1034-c. Kress 6314. Higgs 3943. INED 145. Palgrave I, 74. Conlon 66:541. Weulersse I, p. xxv. Goldsmiths-Kress 10259.1. Not in Einaudi or Leblanc.

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